Security Update: JCUPD responds to security threat

March 16th, 2016

Bomb Threat

JCUPD has responded to a note containing a bomb threat, found at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 14 in Grasselli Library.


The note said, “There is a bomb at John Carroll,” and was found in a desk by a library staffer.


The staff notified JCUPD, who then, along with the University Heights Police Department and the John Carroll University Threat Assessment Team chairs, conducted a full search of the grounds and accessible public buildings.


“The search yielded nothing suspicious,” said JCU Chief of Police Brian Hurd. “The investigation is ongoing, but it has not generated any helpful information to this point.”


After sweeping the grounds, JCUPD sent out an email to all students and faculty, informing them of the note. Because no bombs or additional threats were found, the Threat Assessment Team chairs are considering this situation a low level threat.


However, Hurd wants to assure the students and staff that the situation is being taken seriously and the JCUPD is continuing to investigate the matter.


“It is hoped that the notice sent out might prompt some additional information,” Hurd said.


Hurd was confident that the University’s Emergency Management Plan was effective and his team responded in a balanced way without causing too much undue concern and disruption.


“We encourage students and others who see anything suspicious, or who have any information on this matter or the identity of the person who wrote the note, to contact the JCUPD,” said Hurd.